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Are you the next Steve Jobs? Here's how to find out.

Dewey G. Sadka

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Have you ever asked yourself, "Could I be a CEO?" Well now there's a way to know if you have what it takes. As featured in USA Today*, a simple color preference test can predict with 90 percent accuracy whether or not you're cut out for the corner office**.

So you want to know if you're the next Steve Jobs?*** Simply take the Color Career Indicator 4.0 -- a two-minute test that will provide you with your most suitable occupations based on your color preferences. And the test is not just for aspiring CEOs. The 4.0 will recommend your top 50 most enjoyable careers.

Put your results to good use

Once you've got a list of potential career paths, check out these opportunity-enhancing tricks to help you get started.

Make the workplace your playground

- Seek work that looks fun: What day-to-day career tasks look fun? When you love what you do, obstacles disappear.

- Dump the company, not the career: Even a fun career is awful in a bad company environment. So don't dismiss your career path just because you don't like the company you start out at.

- Fight for what's fun: Job enjoyment creates competency and that translates into success and never ending opportunities. Fight for it!

Don't waste time or money

- Stack the deck to win: Avoid very competitive, low job growth fields. Seeking niches inside a broad career path will help you make more money. 

- Dream big. Start little:  Where do you want to be in five years?  Ten years? Success in the real world is a step-by-step process; Secretary → Executive Administrative Assistant→ Office Manager. 

- Think Career, not a job:  Don't snub an occupation if it's low-wage. Ask yourself, "How can I leverage this experience?"

Maximize your potential if you're:

- A first-time job seeker: You need experience. Investigate where you can best get on-the-job training. Visualizing opportunities ahead is energizing.

- Experienced: Expand your job description availability list. Based on your current experience, explore what recommended careers are best suited to your career path.

- Student: Study each potential career; answer the question "What would I love to do?"  Transfer your "idea" into both a long-term and a short-term plan. Then, choose a curriculum that will land that first job.

Don't over think it -- Just do it!

Second guessing yourself is destructive to your career. It diminishes your self-confidence and ability to be a forthright, energized applicant. 

Create "niche résumés"

Break all your past careers into a list of tasks performed.

Job description example: Separated by-task.

Customer service manager:

1. Managed 30 individuals.

2. Filled out daily production reports.

3. Conducted hiring interviews.

Tasks                                              Niche Resumes

1. Managed 30 Individuals:         Store Manager, Operations Manager

2. Daily production reports:         Quality Control Manager, Production Manager

3. Hiring experience:                    HR Assistant, Staffing Industry Manager

Now create a niche résumé by adding the language used in niche job posting ads. Then, plug it into your existing résumé format.

Get yourself out there

Your goal: Be told "no" 30 times. Then, chances are you'll get a "yes." Don't take it personal. Run the numbers. Take a lesser job to get your foot in the door.

Get acquainted with those actually doing the job. Attend association meetings. Offer to work as an intern or for a smaller salary. They were once in your shoes and will hear your sincerity.

Most referrals come from a friend of a friend. So expand your Facebook and LinkedIn networks to include them too. "Soft-sell" your skills. Tell them what you dream to do!

Slam dunk the interview

- Know the company: Google them before the interview. Interject "congratulations" in areas that they have done well.

- Don't be intimated: See the interview as an informational conversation.

- Express your interest in the position: Tell the interviewer from your heart that the position they're offering is your dream job. Doors will open!

Follow-up with pizzazz 

- Phone calls: Got a phone number? Call them when they first arrive at work. Chances are greater that they'll answer their phone.

- E-mails: Be creative. Whatever it takes. Include career-specific article links. Keep them coming. Out of sight, out of mind.

- Never stop promoting: Even when you hear a "no," ask for a referral or company name where you might fit. What have you got to lose?

*USA today:

**With its 750,000-sample base, The Color Career Indicator 4.0 was built on CareerBuilder by the Dewey Color System. It has an accuracy of over 80 percent–higher than the Meyers Briggs.

***The CEO occupation test listing revalidated the CEO skill at 95.8 percent against the USA Today "Top CEO" survey.

Last Updated: 28/03/2011 - 6:07 PM

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